UMIDIGI One Pro Review

5 December 2018, 02:51:10

UMIDIGI One Pro Review
You can buy an UMIDIGI One Pro from various stores such as the official UMIDIGI Store on AliExpress, the official UMIDIGI store on Amazon UK or Amazon DE.

OS, UI and software

The UMIDIGI One Pro runs on almost stock Android 8.1 Oreo. All the standard features are present in their stock functionality and with almost unnoticeable design variations. The Lock screen includes the standard Voice Search and Camera shortcuts in the bottom left and right corners and by default, a swipe up unlocks the screen. Once you land on the Home screen, you see a Google search bar on the top, a docked row of apps at the bottom and a row of favourite apps and Google apps folder above the docked ones. Desktop shortcuts are supported as well. A swipe up opens the list with all applications listed in alphabetic order below an app search bar. A swipe to the right opens the Google App screen unless it is not disabled from the Widgets menu. The latter is accessed via a long press on an empty space on any of the desktops and contains the usual Widgets, Wallpaper and Home screen settings. The Task Manager tiles the apps vertically and supports split-screen mode. Тhe Notifications and Quick Settings are in their stock design and functionality.
UMIDIGI One Pro arrives with all the default Google apps and the standard Android ones. The first include Calendar, Chrome, Drive, Duo, Gmail, Google App, Maps, Photos, Play Music, Play Store, YouTube. The default Android apps include Browser, Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Downloads, File Manager, FM Radio, Messenger, Music, Phone, Sound Recorder. All of them are in their stock Android appearance and functionality. The Camera app is customized by UMIDIGI.
The Settings menu is a typical Android Oreo one and as usual, begins with the Network & Internet menu which includes Wi-Fi connections management, mobile networks, data usage, hotspot and tethering, SIM cards, mobile plans, VPN, airplane mode. The second menu is called Connected Devices and manages Bluetooth connections, Wi-Fi Display, NFC, USB connections and Printing services. The Apps & Notifications menu allows you to manage the notifications, including channels and dots, app permissions, special app access, etc. The Battery menu is next and as usual, we will discuss it in the Battery section of the review. The Display menu is fifth and contains options for manual adjustment of the brightness level, an adaptive brightness toggle, Night Light mode, the usual font size, screensaver. The Sound menu comes next. It contains the usual options you're familiar with from before. The Advanced Features group of settings includes options for customizing the navigation bar. For starters, you can preserve the onscreen navigation bar, make it hideable, swap the positions of the Menu and Back buttons. But, you can also choose to navigate through gestures which also offers several options including a toggle for showing the gesture guide bar.
The Storage menu contains the usual toggle for the Storage Manager and an option to free up space by cleaning junk. Dura Speed is next and when switched on, it will boost the foreground apps by restricting the background ones. It is followed by the Security & Location menu that starts with the Security Status that contains Google Play Protect, Find My Device, and Security update. The options continue with a choice of screen locks, lock screen settings, smart lock, privacy settings, etc. The fingerprint part offers only creation, deletion, and renaming of your fingerprint ID(s). The Face ID menu allows you to save a Face ID, remove it and manage it plus a toggle of showing an animation on the Lock Screen that prompts the user to use one's Face ID. Then you get the Users & Accounts menu which manages the users, accounts and emergency information. The Accessibility menu follows with all the new features of Oreo included. The Google services and preferences are combined in one separate menu, which comes next and are followed by the System menu that combines in one place the Languages & Input settings, Date & Time, Backup, Reset, and About phone. The Language & Input options offer a choice to make more than one language a primary one, use physical and virtual keyboards, a spell checker, personal dictionary and Autofill service. The About phone menu gives general data about the device, as usual, and from here you can check for OTA updates.

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